For my first studio visit of the new year and new decade, I decided to try out Sculp’d in Alexandria, Virginia. I had the day off of work, so I was able to take a mid-day class – something I never get to do! That morning, I taught my first indoor cycling class of the year (my 45-minute, 7 a.m. class), so I had some time to come home and chill out a little bit before I hit the road.
Because I can be an airhead from time to time, I totally misread the location of the studio as Arlington instead of Alexandria, so I totally miscalculated how long it was going to take me to get there, and with random mid-day traffic, that mistake almost cost me a spot in the class! Fortunately, I was able to call ahead and let them know I might be getting there right on the dot instead of 15 minutes early like they preferred (and as I had planned if it was indeed in Arlington). This actually says a lot about how much the boutique fitness market has just totally exploded in Arlington. It seems that whenever there is a new studio in the DMV, they’re in Arlington! It was actually a relief that it wasn’t Arlington because I don’t get to explore the fitness scene in Alexandria nearly as much!
The studio was surprisingly easy to find, and street parking made it easy for me to get in and out of the location. They have a doorbell at the street level, and once they buzz you in, you make your way up a floor to the studio. passing a Territory Foods fridge right at the stairway. Now comes the part for the actual review!
This is the first review where I’ll be using my new Studio Review Scoring Rubric. Be sure to check it out if you’re wondering how I arrived at the overall studio score!
Overall Studio Score: 4.89
I took the Jumpboard Express class, which is a 40-minute pilates reformer class with some cardio, HIIT, and a ton of core work! I had never heard of a pilates jumboard prior to this class, and since it was my first time, I wasn’t quite comfortable enough to go all out on it. I did get a great workout, but I wasn’t exhausted and super sweaty by the end of it. For that, I took off a half-point. I was super sore in my obliques for a day or two, but it wasn’t the hardest workout I’d ever done. Nonetheless, I think this is a great workout, and it’s not something that would suddenly get easier after taking classes for a few months.
The studio was super clean! We wiped down our machines after class, and I got the feeling that everything was cleaned up before we even got started. Everything was put away neatly in both of the studios and the lobby.
There was so much natural lighting in this studio! It had such a bright, friendly vibe. There were no strobe lights or super bright fluorescent lights to worry about at Sculp’d.
They’re running a 2 for $40 special for first-timers. Twenty dollars per class is pretty par for the course in this area, so I dinged them a little bit for this. Many studios offer a free class for first-timers, however, but not every studio can offer this. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I took off half a point for this. Further, their normal price for a drop-in class is $32, which certainly ain’t cheap. Definitely go for the 2 for $40 deal if you decide to try them out! (I’d normally reserve a 5 for a studio that offers the first class free or at a deeply discounted price.)